The name change process can be difficult and time-consuming. People make a few common mistakes when changing their names, and by being aware of them, you can avoid them yourself. Here are five mistakes to avoid when changing your name:
- Procrastinating Changing Your Name
Did you know that less than 40 percent of people change their names after getting married? Many people wait longer than three months to do it, which can cause problems down the road.
If you wait to change your name after getting married, you may miss out on some opportunities. For example, you might miss the free driver's license window, or you might want to open up a new account in your new name, but won't be able to without a new photo ID. The bottom line is it's best to start as soon as possible!
- Not Bringing Original Documents with You
To change your name, you must provide various forms of identification that prove who you are, such as your birth certificate, social security card, and marriage certificate.
You will likely need to provide original documents, not copies when applying for something or trying to prove your identity. Be sure to read what is acceptable before going to visit or mailing your application. It would be a shame to wait in line for an hour to be told you need to provide the original document and not a photocopy!
- Not Scheduling an Appointment
Many people don't realize that they can schedule appointments for things like renewing their driver's license or updating their vehicle registration. Appointments are often the best way to avoid long lines and wait times. If you're renewing your license or updating your registration, research ahead to see if you can make an appointment.
- Not Filling Out Paperwork Beforehand
Most people do not take the time to research ways to save time on things like scheduling appointments and filling out paperwork. A good way to save time is to fill out the paperwork online. Many companies now offer the option to fill out forms and applications online. Be sure to take advantage of this option whenever possible.
- Not Getting Multiple Copies of Your Name Change Document
Legal name change document proves that your name has been changed and can be used to update your accounts and records with government agencies and organizations. This means you'll have to wait to legally change your name, even if you've already changed it informally.
If you want extra efficiency, we suggest getting two certified copies of your legal name change document (your marriage certificate!). You can do this by contacting the courthouse in the county where your marriage took place. It'll only cost a few extra dollars, but it's worth having an extra copy to use if needed.
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